At some point during the SHOT Show 2020 conference I ran into the folks over at the Concealment Express booth. We got to talking and they agreed to send me a holster to check out for my SIG Sauer P365XL.
This is an IWB, or inside the waistband, holster that is a one piece design. The single sheet of Kydex (which is a polymer of sorts) is folded over and pressed down into the pistol so that it is formed for your specific pistol.
The pistol fits very well inside the holster and stays secure once it is inside. The retention of the gun happens around the trigger guard with a small indentation that the trigger guard has to slide through in order to be held in place.
That is not a new feature for this type of holster, and is how the retention has been done for many years.
Concealment Express Features:
The holster comes from the company with a single, wide holster clip attached to it. I’m usually not the biggest fan of these, as you can read in this article, but this one does work as intended.
I have yet to draw the gun and holster at the same time. In other words, the holster stays put when I draw the gun.
As a bonus, the clip is replaceable and you can buy something like soft loops or an UltiClip from the company when you buy your holster.
And if you desire greater concealment, you can also opt for the claw kit for an extra bit of money, as well.
The holster features an open ended bottom which is good for a few different reasons. First, it allows you to utilize a threaded barrel and maybe some muzzle devices like a brake if you’re so inclined to have such a device on your carry pistol.
Second, it allows dirt, lint, grime, and other junk to fall directly out of the bottom of the holster so it doesn’t stay inside and damage your gun, or, worse, get caught in your trigger guard and potentially cause an unintended discharge.
Finally we get to the adjustable retention which is done with two screws at the bottom of the holster. These screws can be tightened down or loosened which will do the same to the plastic material around the trigger guard.
I have mine tightened down so that I feel the holster sliding into the retention spot, which is verified with an audible click.
Concealment Express Finish:
The finish on the holster is fine. Keeping in mind that this is meant to be a budget holster, the finish is actually very good. The edges are refined and smoothed out so that none are sharp.
There isn’t anything on the inside that will scratch the gun, minus some rub marks from repeated drawing and re-holstering. Those small rub marks will happen on just about any holster, leather or Kydex, to some degree.
Overall, this is a good holster for the budget minded concealed carrier. If you’re looking for this style holster, you really can’t go wrong with it. Then, later on down the road if you need something a little different, you can modify this one with a claw kit, or try something new.
This one won’t break the bank, which is a huge plus.
Learn more about them here, on their website.